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Updated January 23, 2018
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  1. "Could have been better - with better management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance.
    Attracts great people.
    Perceived well within Industry.

    Cons

    Poor employee retention.
    Work is not challenging.
    No advancement opportunities.
    Terrible management and ranking system.
    Promotions are political and lack relationship with merit.

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain talent by providing opportunities for growth and career development.


  2. "M&A Tax Senior"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers, access to benefits/discounts only a larger company like EY can provide.

    Cons

    Lack of structure/organization on deals. Hectic atmosphere and hours that were mostly the result of manager/senior manager self-doing (partners were often very out of the loop on deals until the end). Hazing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your hot-headed sr. managers in check so they don't act like they're partners.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Is it the Best place to work for?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Projects involving travel can be a good experience, if you do not mind travelling. You get opportunities to work with Managers and Senior Managers from other offices. While you are travelling you also get good perks - such as Breakfast, Dinner, alternate travelling expenses are borne by the client.
    Since this was my first ever real job , I learnt a lot from my Managers, counselors.

    Cons

    Very bad salary compared to other firms and a pittance of a joining bonus. After speaking to the HR and Partner on several occasions, there was no action taken regarding increment in salary.
    Long working hours and weekend work was expected. No semblance of work life balance.
    There was no leadership in my practice for the longest time and a Sr. Manager from another office was promoted to Partner within the firm to lead the team. This change in leadership caused discontent among the whole team and was literally forced upon us.
    Mild racism is prevalent in the firm.
    Internal conflicts at the top need to be controlled.
    It is the responsibility of the Senior Managers and Partners to get the Staff and Seniors utilized but if their utilization is less, there have been instances when the Staff and Seniors have been laid off because their utilization was low.
    Technical skills do not have any value in this company, its all about how you "Sell Yourself." Even if someone is technically incompetent but knows how to sell themselves then they can climb up the larder pretty quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Do not force leadership upon the team. Make leaders from within the team or find a leader that can really lead instead of bossing around.


  4. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    good culture, like the people

    Cons

    absolutely no work life balance, youre on call 24/7


  5. "1 year work ex person"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Salary is good as compared to others

    Cons

    Work life balance is bad


  6. "Indirect Tax"

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    Current Employee - Staff
    Current Employee - Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Health care, signing bonus, CPA review material

    Cons

    This is strictly for those going through recruiting for the first time, wanting to pursue a career in public accounting as a CPA. DO NOT be afraid to turn down an offer. As a CPA you have many options, the brand is NOT everything but the work you do is. In National Tax Department you will be joining a very niche sub-service line. As you can imagine the demand for these niche services wont do you good in the long run if you want to eventually leave. If you truly do find an interest in one of them, ask to speak with more people you will be working with rather than those at the super-day. Please, be careful on your choices out of school, you are better off at a small firm doing real CPA work then here doing work that no one will value in the future. You may get in a group that are not CPAs and frown upon pursuing a license, even if you show an interest in your sub-service line. Be very careful, big four is not always a great option.

    Advice to Management

    Think of it as a good thing that new staff show an interest in the sub-service line and not that they are trying to get ahead or puff their chest. New staff are just trying to learn what senior management want and not trying to compete... they are not thinking of making partner or something.


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You learn a lot very quickly and learn to manage staff and seniors below you, which is rare experience for people 3-5 years out of college. Large offices so you will inevitably meet some great people. Job opportunities in accounting are endless after this job if that's what you want to do.

    Cons

    No work life balance, constantly overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. Every year the staff selection gets worse as less people want to do this job and they look to lower and lower tiered schools to recruit from. Workplace politics are horrible to manage, and lots of people make offensive comments towards racial minorities and women (lots of microaggressions in the workplace).

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge your hard working managers and seniors who are running the show. Hire better staff so the seniors don't end up doing all the work and quitting. Work on making your minority employees feel included and comfortable being themselves so you will actually retain them.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Misogyny is Rampant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    -Exposure to accounting departments of companies across industries
    -15 vacation days, 3 personal days, and 10 sick days annually

    Cons

    -50 hour weeks winds up being the baseline norm
    -Managers and Seniors get away with treating their staff however they want. The firm will assign you an advisor, but that person is not obligated to help you and often times does not.
    -Going along with my point above, although the firm has taken a progressive attitude towards inclusion at the highest level, the auditors they hire can be hit or miss. I have worked for managers that told me I just "sit still and look pretty", and that "males handle themselves better in the workplace than females."
    -The caliber of people can be very low, to the point of indecency. I have heard "locker room talk" in the audit rooms.


  9. "Tax Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Trust Tax Preparer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trust Tax Preparer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse work place and promotes within

    Cons

    Hours and long and seem to never end after tax season is over


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great mediocre firm for a strong foothold"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    visibility to other types of work
    client exposure to the most reputed clientele globally
    friendly colleagues to work with (although inflow of consultants from Accenture, IBM ruining /diluting the culture)

    Cons

    work on projects that will not necessarily feed your appetite for growth and learning more, but will definitely help the engagement partner fill up their pockets
    incompetent experience manager, non-empathetic mentors and counselors, selfish leadership with no regard to growing their employees personal brand or that of EY

    Advice to Management

    please recruit people from the best schools globally, and do not dilute the culture
    try to work towards a brand and project portfolio that is not defined by accounting policies (steer away from the work culture of an accounting firm)


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